Installing a Gate Latch

I put off easy tasks way too much.

The gate to the back yard fence had a latch on the wrong side for over two years.  Even after the latch broke, and even though I had a dog who preferred the front yard to the back and kept constantly trying to jump the fence, I still didn’t do anything about it for months.

And then with no particular reason last night, I finally stopped making excuses.  I bought a new latch and unscrewed the old.  Seemed like things would be simple enough.  And then I immediately dropped one of the rusty screws into the dirt.

The rest went a little more smoothly.  First, I drilled pilot holes to keep the wood from splitting.

Then I screwed in the three rusty leftovers (the package came with screws, but they were too long to keep from sticking out of the other side of the door).  When I needed to screw in the other side of the latch, I realized the bit I was using was too short.  Insert “size matters” joke here.

I’m very proud of this shot.  It’s not easy taking a picture of something that requires two hands to do.

It took fifteen minutes.  Well, two years and fifteen minutes.

What have you been putting off for too long?

Comments

  1. says

    congrats on crossing it off your list!

    I've been putting off multiple pins that I found on pinterest. This week, I'm happy to say that I've finally done –
    * Cork board on the back of my kitchen cabinets to pin up recipes and other scrap paper that litters my kitchen
    * PVC dowel under the sink to hang windex and other spray bottle.. it's so much more spacious now
    * And a teaspoon/table spoon hooks for the inside of my cabinet (made with a paint stick and hook).
    * Sanded and stained a raised dog bowl (built from Ana-White) and my outside porch swing that was chipping

    But the big projects I've been procrastinating is putting up the adjust-a-gate (looks like you have it too) then painting my fence. I did my post holes and set the posts.. oh, about 2 months ago.

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